Malware

Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system.

Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, adware, most rootkits, and other malicious programs.

Spyware

How can I tell if I have a spyware problem on my computer?

  • You notice a lot of advertisements popping up on your computer
  • Your settings (like the default web browser page) change and won’t stay put when you change them back
  • You notice additional toolbars added to your web browser
  • Your computer is performing sluggishly

How did this stuff get on my computer?

Most commonly, from downloading free software that had Spyware wrapped in as a “bonus.” Some web pages will also install Spyware in the form of “cookies” when you surf onto the site.

How can I get rid of spyware?

Bring your notebook to the Help Desk for service.

What can I do in the future to prevent getting spyware?

  • Download software from known sources
  • Read the options when installing software — when you can opt-out of “complementary” add-ons, do!

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Viruses

How can I tell if I have a virus problem on my computer?

Viruses generally cause issues like slow network performance, sluggish application performance, data corruption/loss, and spontaneous system reboots.  Also, viruses like to replicate themselves via e-mail. If you get reports from folks that you’ve sent them an odd e-mail recently, you may have a virus problem.

How do I get viruses on my computer?

Computer viruses are most commonly spread by means of e-mail (generally via infected attachments or links to infected websites), rogue instant messenger links, or exploitations of unpatched Windows computers.

How can I get rid of Viruses?

Run an antivirus program. If you still have problems visit the Help Desk.

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